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odo catalog

odo uses different catalogs to deploy components and services.


odo uses the portable devfile format to describe the components. It can connect to various devfile registries to download devfiles for different languages and frameworks. See odo registry for more information.

Listing components#

You can list all the devfiles available on the different registries with the command:

odo catalog list components


$ odo catalog list components
Odo Devfile Components:
go Stack with the latest Go version DefaultDevfileRegistry
java-maven Upstream Maven and OpenJDK 11 DefaultDevfileRegistry
nodejs Stack with Node.js 14 DefaultDevfileRegistry
php-laravel Stack with Laravel 8 DefaultDevfileRegistry
python Python Stack with Python 3.7 DefaultDevfileRegistry

Getting information about a component#

You can get more information about a specific component with the command:

odo catalog describe component


$ odo catalog describe component nodejs
* Registry: DefaultDevfileRegistry
Starter Projects:
name: nodejs-starter
attributes: {}
description: ""
subdir: ""
sourcetype: ""
commonprojectsource: {}
checkoutfrom: null
zip: null
custom: null

Registry is the registry from which the devfile is retrieved.

Starter projects are sample projects in the same language and framework of the devfile, that can help you start a new project. See odo create for more information on creating a project from a starter project.


odo can deploy services with the help of operators.

Only operators deployed with the help of the Operator Lifecycle Manager are supported by odo. See Installing the Operator Lifecycle Manager (OLM) for more information.

Listing services#

You can get the list of available operators and their associated services with the command:

odo catalog list services


$ odo catalog list services
Services available through Operators
postgresql-operator.v0.1.1 Backup, Database
redis-operator.v0.8.0 RedisCluster, Redis

In this example, you can see that two operators are installed in the cluster. The postgresql-operator.v0.1.1 operator can deploy services related to PostgreSQL: Backup and Database. The redis-operator.v0.8.0 operator can deploy services related to Redis: RedisCluster and Redis.

Note: To get a list of all the available operators, odo fetches the ClusterServiceVersion (CSV) resources of the current namespace that are in a Succeeded phase. For operators that support cluster-wide access, when a new namespace is created, these resources are automatically added to it, but it may take some time before they are in the Succeeded phase, and odo may return an empty list until the resources are ready.

Searching services#

You can search for a specific service by a keyword with the command:

odo catalog search service


$ odo catalog search service postgre
Services available through Operators
postgresql-operator.v0.1.1 Backup, Database

You may see a similar list that contains only the relevant operators, whose name contains the searched keyword.

Getting information about a service#

You can get more information about a specific service with the command:

odo catalog describe service


$ odo catalog describe service postgresql-operator.v0.1.1/Database
KIND: Database
VERSION: v1alpha1
Database is the Schema for the the Database Database API
awsAccessKeyId (string)
AWS S3 accessKey/token ID
Key ID of AWS S3 storage. Default Value: nil Required to create the Secret
with the data to allow send the backup files to AWS S3 storage.

A service is represented in the cluster by a CustomResourceDefinition (commonly named CRD). This command will display the details about this CRD such as kind, version, and the list of fields available to define an instance of this custom resource.

The list of fields is extracted from the OpenAPI schema included in the CRD. This information is optional in a CRD, and if it is not present, it is extracted from the ClusterServiceVersion (CSV) representing the service instead.

It is also possible to request description of operator backed service without providing crd type information. Let us say you want to describe redis operator on cluster without CRD, you can do

odo catalog describe service redis-operator.v0.8.0
NAME: redis-operator.v0.8.0
A Golang based redis operator that will make/oversee Redis
standalone/cluster mode setup on top of the Kubernetes. It can create a
redis cluster setup with best practices on Cloud as well as the Bare metal
environment. Also, it provides an in-built monitoring capability using
... (cut short for beverity)
Logging Operator is licensed under [Apache License, Version
RedisCluster Redis Cluster
Redis Redis